There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. (from The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien)
When I scrolled through my Facebook news feed this morning, I saw that many of my friends have posted comments about the 9/11 anniversary today. A number of them expressed disbelief that it has been nine years already, or promised to never forget what happened that day.
Do you remember where you were when you found out? I had just walked out of an 8:00 Bible class and stood along with other students in the crowed student center staring in disbelief at the news reports on the television. I remember girls in the dorm waiting to find out if a family member or friend had been in one of the buildings. I remember the anger and grief that swelled across the nation and the surge of patriotism and unity, the feeling that we were all in this together. It was a dark time for our country as we struggled to regain a sense of normalcy and, more importantly, the feeling of safety that we had once taken for granted.
In these past nine years, our country has known little peace as we’ve attempted (for better or worse) to reestablish our national security. And yet, in actuality, most of our lives have changed very little. The War on Terror has remained far away from our own doorstep, and the truth is that we enjoy as much safety now as we ever have.
But there are so many places in the world where people are not safe, and that’s something that 9/11 helped me to see. Because in the days and months following the attack, amidst all of the sorrow, fear, and uncertainty we as a nation felt, I realized for the very first time that such horrifying acts of violence and evil are, in some places, a way of life rather than a disruption of life. That some people live day in and day out with that same sorrow, fear and uncertainty we felt nine years ago. And in these past nine years, that hasn’t changed.
I chose the quote for today because I believe it’s true. There’s good in this world, no matter how much evil and darkness may be in it. And even in the darkest moments, that good is still worth fighting for. That’s what we’ve got to remember on this day. That’s what we’ve got to hold on to when we think of the tragic events of 9/11.